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That cicada song

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

"They're here" is the familiar quote from the 1982 horror film, "Poltergeist."

The line was repeated, with a slight variation, in ""Poltergeist II: The Other Side" (1986) as "They're back."

The quotes refer this time, not to a young girl and ghosts, but to this year's return of the Brood II Cicada.

These cicadas were born in 1996. They dropped to the ground and dug their way below the surface where they waited 17 years before emerging to continue their lengthy life cycle...

Excuse you?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

Philosophers and theologians may disagree on whether or not humans have a soul, but nobody disputes that humans, like other animals, have bodies.

And bodies, to paraphrase Shakespeare, are heir to a thousand natural shocks.

Natural shocks like gas. Like runny noses. Like pimples. And smells. Things that people don't necessarily like to talk about in polite company.

All of these things are explored in their wonderfully loud, smelly and graphic reality in the exhibition, "...

INDIAN MUSEUM

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The exhibition, "Empires of the Jungle," continues through Sept. 8 at the Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown.

The exhibition, which explores Central and South America's prehistoric past, includes a Maya zoomorphic effigy, a Costa Rican Sukia ("healer") figure, obsidian blades and pendants, drinking vessels, and Aztec techniques for making and drilling obsidian pendants.

The artifacts in the exhibit include pieces collected by historians and...

CK PLAYERS

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Crowded Kitchen Players holds auditions for "A Flea In Her Ear," the Georges Feydeau farce, 8 p.m. July 8, McCoole's Arts and Events Place, 10 S. Main St. Quakertown, and 8 p.m. July 10, Crowded Kitchen, 1680 Minesite Road, Allentown.

The show runs Sept. 27 - Oct 13 at McCoole's.

"A Flea In Her Ear" follows numerous and frantic husbands, wives and wannabe paramours as they stalk one another in a Parisian mansion and through the halls and bedchambers of a notorious hotel.

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Consider scooter as viable alternative

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by FRED CICETTI Special to The Press in Focus

Q. I don't walk so well anymore and I'm considering getting one of those scooters that I see seniors driving. What do you know about them?

Scooters have become increasingly popular since they were invented in 1968. As more baby boomers hit the market for mobility assistive equipment, we will see more scooters.

About 1.7 million in the United States use wheelchairs or scooters. About 90 percent of these people have manual wheelchairs. There are155,000 using electrically-powered...

Pretty amazing

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

It's both thrilling and frightening to have someone tell you, "Even now, I know what you are thinking!"

And yet, that's exactly what The Amazing Kreskin, world-renowned mentalist, will be doing, starting at 8 p.m. June 28, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton: telling people what they are thinking.

Kreskin's show consists of two and one-half hours of the audience participating in amazing mental sleight-of-hands for example, having six audience members (non-confederates picked at...

Choreography in 'Oklahoma!' a dream

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

"Oklahoma!" is history-making as the first show in musical theater to use dance to advance the plot so successfully and extensively.

Agnes de Mille, who choreographed the first production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Oklahoma!" in 1943, was among the great ensemble of choreographers of the 1940's era, including George Balanchine in classical ballet, Gene Kelly with dance in film, and Martha Graham, a pioneer of modern dance.

It was an exciting time for dance...

THEATER REVIEWS Take 'The 39 Steps' to comedy at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "The 39 Steps" yields nonstop laughter in a slapstick sendup of the classic Alfred Hitchcock film.

Hilarity ensues from the moment that four actors in multiple roles so many I lost count step on stage in the farce adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel of John Buchan and the 1935 Hitchcock film.

At the conclusion of "The 39 Steps," through July 14, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University,...